Meekyoung Shin (b.1967; South Korea) is an internationally renowned London-based Korean artist. She completed her BFA and MFA at the prestigious Seoul National University and in 1995, moved to London to obtain her MFA at the Slade School of Art, University College London. Since then, she has held solo exhibitions globally including Haunch of Venison, London (2010) and the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London (2013).
She has participated in group shows including the Museum of Art and Design,
New York, and the 2013 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan. Her works are found in
collections all over the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and
the National Museum Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Shin was short
listed for the significant 2013 Korean Artist Prize, which celebrates Korean artists
that have made significant contributions to the advancement of contemporary art.
Shin is celebrated for her sculptures that probe the mis- and re-translations that
often emerge when objects of distinct cultural and historical specificity are dislocated. Made from soap, her work replicate artefacts and canonical works of art, from Asian porcelain vases to Greek and Roman sculptures, translating between continents, cultures and centuries in the process.
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